The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dismissed the Federal Government’s directive that all educational institutions should resume on Monday next week.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, accused the Federal Government of being insincere about negotiations with the union, adding that lecturers would not resume on an empty stomach.
The Punch reports that Ogunyemi specifically took a swipe at the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, for violating a directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that lecturers’ salaries should be paid.
He hinted that Nigerians should be ready for a long-drawn strike in universities with the way government was handling negotiations.
Other unions like the Non-Academic Staff Union and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities have also faulted the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, saying it was not transparent and that many of its members were being cheated.
Both unions embarked on a 14-day warning strike on Monday over the adoption of the IPPIS in universities and non-payment of minimum wage to their members.
The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, had, at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, said government had approved the reopening of educational institutions beginning from Monday, October 12.
Recall that all educational institutions in the country were shut in March following the outbreak of COVID-19.
But before March, the Federal Government and ASUU had been at loggerheads over the IPPIS, which the later said should not be adopted in universities because it would violate their autonomy.